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Beji retains seat as Niger PDP chairman

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Tanko Beji has been re-elected the Niger chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, following the state congress of the party, which ended on Sunday.

Chairman of the congress committee and Benue Deputy Governor, Mr. Benson Abounu, announced this on Sunday at the end of the congress at the PDP secretariat in Minna.

Abounu said that Beji scored 2,092 out of the 2,305 votes cast at the congress to retain his seat as the state PDP chairman.

“A total of 2,305 delegates/voters were accredited in the process, out of which Beji polled 2,092 votes, while his co-contestant, Ahmed Muktar, got only two votes, while eight votes were voided.

“Therefore, I declare Mr. Tanko Beji winner of the congress and declare him the Niger chairman of the PDP and return him elected for second term,” Abounu said.

Abounu thanked the Independent National Electoral Commission, party members at national, state, local government and ward levels for making the exercise successful.

He also commended the security agencies, civil society groups and journalists for attending the congress.

Responding, Beji said that the exercise was rancour-free and transparent.

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He decried the situation which led to the delay of the congress for 17 months owing to crisis within the state chapter of party.

“Everything happens for a reason, we take this delay as God sent. We will use it to make amends in order to gain the lost months because there is no time ahead of us,” he said.

Beji assured stakeholders that the new executive would work in the interest of the PDP at all levels.

“We want to assure you that we will work with the fear of God and in the best interest of the PDP. We will ensure that we carry everybody along but will not exhaust our limit to achieve this,” he said.

He said that the greatest task ahead of the party was to reclaim the seat of the state governor.

“We will ensure that we are back at the Government House Minna,” he said.

(NAN)

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